Now that its name has been officially unveiled, the new MINI Crossman is nearing its production debut with a creatively camouflaged example spied undergoing the final stages of winter testing.
With some decent ground clearance and an all-wheel-drive system, the Crossman is aimed at adding a more 'masculine' alternative to the soft-roader market.
Having exhausted every possibility in its 'one model' range, a potential downside to the company releasing a crossover is it may alienate the fan base that has rallied around the small car brand.
This new vehicle will also mark the first time a MINI has been assembled outside the U.K., with Austrian manufacturer Magna Steyr contracted for production as MINI's current facilities struggle to cope with demand.
The MINI Crossman is scheduled for release in 2010 with no current plans to add a fifth model to the line-up.